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Anderson, Alexander L.
ALEXANDER L. ANDERSON.—In the passing away of Alexander L. Anderson, the venerable and honored citizen of Clarks Mills, who died December 24, 1908, Mercer county lost a brave, industrious and Christian citizen. For more than forty years Fairview township knew him as a successful farmer, who passed the years of his retirement in the temperate and wise enjoyment of his life fruits and in the deep contentment born of the affection which flowed in a continuous stream from his loyal children and grandchildren. The deceased was born in Shenango township (then Mercer, but now Lawrence county), on the 1st of July, 1833. He followed his trade as a carpenter until the outbreak of the Civil war, when he enlisted in Company D, Eighteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, serving his country's cause with sturdy faithfulness for three years. During this period he participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Winchester, Brandy Station, Cedar Creek, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. At the conclusion of this honorable military career, in 1865, he returned to Pennsylvania and purchased a tract of sixty-five acres in Fairview township, in that locality successfully developing his agricultural and live stock interests until a comparatively recent period in his life.
On January 25, 1865, Mr. Anderson was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Patterson, a native of Cortsville, Ohio, born February 5, 1842, a daughter of Anthony and Christina (Kaufman) Patterson. The eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Anderson were as follows. David Burton, who is a farmer on the old homestead in Fairview township and, by his marriage to Miss Kesia S. Smith, became the father of four children; Lola, now the wife of Earl W. Brown, of Gresham, and the mother of five children; Curtis Alexander, a painter and a paper-hanger of that place, who married Nina Stillings and is the father of one child; William Clarence (of whom later) ; Chrissie, who is the wife of William W. Smith, a carpenter of Perry township, and the mother of three children; Aha, now Mrs. Levi Campbell, of Crawford county, and the mother of three children; and Effie and James, who died when quite young.
William Clarence Anderson, the fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander L. Anderson, was born February 25. 1875, and is one of the leading young farmers and stock raisers of Fairview township. He was educated at the White school and at the Fredonia and the McElwain institutes, subsequently teaching for four years at the White, McNebo, St. Glory and Bell schools. Mr. Anderson stands high both as an agriculturist and in public and Republican affairs, having served one term as auditor of Fairview township and as secretary of the Lake Grange Lodge No. 1346. It may be stated as an historic fact of interest that Mr. Anderson served on the Lombardi jury, which pronounced judgment on the first person who was tried and convicted of murder in Mercer county.
On June 3, 1896, William C. Anderson was united in marriage with Miss Jennie O. Smith, born on the 30th of July, 1876. She is the daughter of William S. and Susan Myierva (Scrivens) Smith, who represent the substantial agricultural element of Perry township. Born to Mr. and Mrs. William C. Anderson were the following children: Jessie Alice, August 16, 1897; Lois Eva, October 29. 1899; Clarence Edward. October 25, 1902 (died December 13, 1903); Grace Lucille. November 30, 1905. and Leila Pearl, September 23, 1907.